Who is the audience?

It’s an old (2009) photo, but I ran into it again today:

It prompted me to ask if some of the more militant Islamic groups are aware of the disastrous public image presented by posters with “freedom can go to hell” and so forth on them. But then, many of them seem media-savvy to a fault. They must know how negatively the average liberal Westerner will respond to that sort of display.

I guess their real audience must be others. Disaffected Muslims who will support groups who look like they will most aggressively defend a Muslim identity? Rich and devout businessmen (Saudis?) who will fund groups that draw media attention precisely because they seem so over the top?

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Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09565179884099473943 The Uncredible Hallq

    Maybe the reason for this behavior is that they really don't care what liberals think about them? Not everyone obsesses over PR. Though on a Hansonian level, of course the audience for these signs is a Muslim audience.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10778996187937943820 Taner Edis

    Oh, I'm sure that they don't care what liberals think about them. They don't even care about what a lot of ordinary boring Muslims think. But there is also something distinctly theatrical about these performances. Hence my wondering about the audience.


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